Older S&W Airweight?

Older S&W Airweight?

This is a discussion on Older S&W Airweight? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I've heard that some the older J-frame airweight gun had a nasty habit of cracking just under the barrel with regular shooting,is this true? Do ...

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    Older S&W Airweight?

    I've heard that some the older J-frame airweight gun had a nasty habit of cracking just under the barrel with regular shooting,is this true? Do the older J-frames have a tendency to do this even with standard pressure ammo?

    I could see this happening if +p ammo was used in an older Alloy framed gun not rated for said ammo,but is this possible when standard pressure .38 special ammo is used? I ask as I have an older model 42 from around 1968 I believe and have only shot standard pressure ammo in it,so should I be concerned about this issue? Has anyone here ever seen this happen to an older alloy framed j-frame gun when only normal pressure ammo was used?

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    The real problem on those earlier airweights was faulty torque operation when installing the barrel. Some (many?) of the airweight frames that had the faulty torque-ing had frames show up cracked NIB. +P ammo in those faulty guns can definitely cause the frame to crack:

    Don't shoot +Ps in Airweight J frames! - TheFiringLine Forums

    but even non +P ammo will produce a crack on the over torqued guns. Earlier this month at a gun show, me an a friend were considering a 638 no dash (1989), pristine w/ original box but my friend's eagle eye spotted a small hairline crack in the frame. It was very hard to see but it was a hairline crack.

    If you're gonna buy an older Smith Airweight, definitely check the frame, even on new looking guns. The newer ones, if they are rated +P, are fine.

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    When you say earlier airweights what vintage is this referring to? Does it refer to the original airweight guns from the 50's,is the barrel torque issue limited to the a certain vintage of these guns i.e. like guns made from 1955 to 1965 for example?

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